It is just over a year since I last visited St Mary’s Indoor Market, situated in St Mary’s Arcade, within St Helens’ Church Square Shopping Centre. At that time, Market Manager Kevin Gavin, was busy recruiting more traders and so I was keen to see what he had achieved. My visit also happened to coincide…

Kirsty Flatt spent the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday visiting this award-winning food and drink festival to see what makes it so special. The festival, which began in 2006 continues to grow and exceed expectations, with over 267,000 visitors this year. The four-day event included demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, music across two…

The buzz around Leighton Buzzard Sometimes a market relaunch, revamp, regeneration, call it what you may, isn’t without its controversy and none more so than at Leighton Buzzard, where a rather vociferous social media campaign and planned protest march by traders could have disrupted the days’ events. Fortunately, the paths were smoothed through communication between…

Highlights of the NABMA Conference For those of you that are thinking about joining NABMA or are members and have never attended a conference, I thought it might be quite useful to give a brief overview of the presentations that you can expect to see over the one and a half days. A huge amount…

Graham steps down as CEO The NABMA Gala Awards Dinner is a celebratory evening, honouring the work of the people who promote and embrace the markets industry. Therefore, it was only fitting that a special presentation be made to outgoing Chief Executive, Graham Wilson, acknowledging the amazing work that he has achieved in the fourteen…

NABMA Diploma in Market Administration – the passport to success The recent annual conference held by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) celebrated success for a further 19 officers from across the UK who have achieved a formal qualification in Market Administration. Now in its sixth year, over 100 people have now successfully…

Figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in July show that there was a reduction in fraudulent claims and costs in 2016. Overall there was a reduction in organised and pre-meditated fraud which was offset slightly by an increase in opportunistic  (unplanned – this could be a spur of the moment incident or…

NABMA held its Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon this year and almost 200 people attended – a record for the organisation. We were delighted that Kirsty from MTN was one of the delegates. The event saw the end of an era for the organisation as we marked the stepping down of Graham Wilson, who has been…